Sherlock Holmes and Victorian Detective Fiction


Instructor: Jennifer Pyke

Course Dates: July 7 – August 12, 2015

Class Meeting Times:  Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  10:00 am – 12:45 pm

Location: Mount Holyoke College, 50 College St., South Hadley, MA (Room TBA)

Credits: Four

Tuition: $1400

Victorian detective literature was popular entertainment at the same time that it took on the anxieties and hopes of its historical moment, including those around capital, otherness, authority, domesticity, and theories of knowledge. Through historical readings and current theory, we will examine the double work of this literature. Arthur Conan Doyle and his institution Sherlock Holmes will provide a focus through which we will read influences and afterlives, which may include works by Wilkie Collins, Dickens, Poe, R.L. Stevenson, Hawthorne, and Georges Perec, as well as television and film adaptations and the fanaticism of steampunk.